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Three people were hurt in a two-car crash at a town of Busti intersection Monday afternoon....  

Lakewood-Busti Police were called to the scene at Howard Avenue and Baker Street Extension shortly after 3 PM and, found that a southbound vehicle on Howard ran the stop sign at the intersection with Baker and, struck a westbound car on Baker.  Officers say the second vehicle, operated by a 70 year-old Jamestown man, rolled over from the side impact.  It landed back upright.  The man and his wife and, the other driver, a 56 year-old woman from Russell, Pennsylvania, were all taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital.  All three suffered non-life threatening injuries.  The unidentfied woman was charged with Failure to Stop at a stop sign..


Chautauqua County election officials were generally pleased with the way early voting went in the county.  That from Republican Elections Commissioner Brian Abram...

Abram says a total of just over 3,800 voters participated and, very few problems were reported.  Voting will be from 6 AM to 9 PM today  at all 50 polling locations in Chautauqua County.  Abram reminds voters in West Ellicott that there will be a change in a polling location. Voters are now voting at the Resource Center, rear entrance, 200 Dunham Avenue.  More information is available at VoteChautauqua dot-com.  We will also have coverage tonight on WJTN after the polls close at 9 PM.


There are several major local races today... with three candidates vying for the mayor of Jamestown....  

With incumbant Sam Teresi retiring at the end of the year... Eddie Sundquist will have the Democratic line on the ballot.  Current County Legislator David Wilfong is the endorsed Republican candidate and, At-Large City Councilman Andy Liuzzo is running on the Libertarian line.  All nine City Council seats are also up for a vote tonight.  Elsewhere, current Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello is on the ballot but, as a candidate for the 57th State Senate seat.  The seat was vacated earlier this year with the retirement of long-time Republican lawmaker, Cathy Young.  Opposing Borrello is Freedom Democrat Austin Morgan.
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The entire County Legislature is also on today's ballots, with all 19 seats up for a vote.  There is also an election for mayor and two village board seats in the village of Lakewood.  Republican trustee Randy Holcomb is opposing Democratic Deputy Mayor Ted McCague in the mayor's race.  There is also a supervisor's race in the town of Busti with incumbant Republican Jesse Robbins being opposed by Democratic Town Councilman Rudy Mueller, as well as the four board seats.

The Jamestown City Council heard from three more departments during last night's review of Mayor Sam Teresi's 2020 budget proposal....  

However, the biggest news about the spending plan came later in the meeting when Comptroller Joe Bellitto reviewed potential savings on prescription drug costs, and potential manufacturer rebates.  Finance Committee Chairman Tony Dolce says they could see as much as a $357,000 savings.  However, Dolce says they are looking more realistically at $150,000.

Dolce says the third-quarter sales tax figure will be a gauge towards whether to move ahead and, cut $150,000 out of next year's budget.  Right now, the $36.6-million spending plan includes a slight tax levy increase and, no increase in the tax rate.  The city is currently at it's constitutional taxing limit.  Lawmakers reviewed the Public Works, Parks and Comptroller's budgets for next year.

After more than five decades... Chadakoin Park on Jamestown's northside has received a new name and, it was unveiled yesterday morning....

The families of the late Isabelle Jackson and, Lula and Vivian Taylor, joined Mayor Sam Teresi to unveil the first sign for the new Jackson-Taylor Park sign on Washington Street at it's main entrance.  A resolution officially renaming the park was unanimously approved earlier this year by the City Council.  Council President Marie Carrubba says it speaks to the respect and love the community had for all three.
 
Isabelle Jackson was an administrator and counselor for more than 30 years at Jamestown Community College, while Vivian and Lula Taylor served in city and Chautauqua County government for more than 20 years.  Their grandson, Michael, followed his grandfather as Ward-Three Councilman and, says naming the rejuvenated park after all three is appropriate.


A Jamestown man was arrested following a domestic violence investigation early Saturday morning..... 

City Police responded to a residence on Chapman Street shortly before 10 AM and, learned 32 year-old Travis Spencer allegedly head-butted an unidentified victim several times in front of a child.  Officers say Spencer is also accused of violating an Order of Protection and, was sent to the city jail pending arraignment.  He faces charges including harassment, aggravated family offense, first-degree criminal contempt and endangering the welfare of a child. 

Toddlers now have to be placed in rear-facing car seats under a new law in New York...

The law came into effect at the start of November.  State officials say New York must ensure young children are protected in the event of a crash or sudden stop.  The law applies to all children under the age of two.  State officials advice against buying used child safety seats that could be expired or missing parts.  Drivers should also get car seats checked at safety events or a local fitting events to ensure children are properly restrained in cars.
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In Chautauqua County, the next Child Safety Seat Check is this Saturday, November 9th, from 10 AM to 2 PM, at the Ashville Fire Department.  For more information, contact Peter Ambrose at 679-5584.

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